Beard Science ~ Review

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Title: Beard Science
Series: Winston Brothers #3
Author: Penny Reid
Release Date: Oct. 11, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Finalist: Goodreads Choice Awards, Best Romance 2016

Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want, but will it be what you need?

Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate.

And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.

Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So… what’s a maniacal mastermind to do?

Likely, the last thing you expect.

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*****What I Loved About This Book*****

  • I have loved Cletus from the start of the Winston Brothers series! He is such a unique character! And his scheming!! The extent that Cletus will go to get information is beyond hilarious!!
  • Cletus in general is just funny!
  • I love that Reid found the perfect match for Cletus in Jennifer! I especially loved that she was busy watching and observing him while he was watching everyone else. Cletus really met his match with her! And she’s really just so endearing!
  • While Jennifer starts out appearing a weak character, Cletus sees her strength!
  • I appreciated the one time that it was pointed out that there was some stereotyping going on for homeschoolers here.
  • Claire’s great advice!!

***What I Didn’t Like***

  • Despite the one time that it was pointed out that the homeschooling stuff was a stereotype, there were too many other times that comments were made that were contradictory to homeschooling. And, I can speak from personal experience that these circumstances aren’t the norm. Of course there are cases where the parents aren’t doing what they should. That exists with public school kids, too, though. I just would have liked to see more emphasis put on the fact that the issue was with her parents, not homeschooling.

Overall, I had been so looking forward to this book and it didn’t disappoint!!! I can’t wait to dig into the rest of this series!! 4.5 stars!

Have you read Beard Science or any of Penny Reid’s other books? What did you think? Have a recommendation for me?

Happy Reading,


8 thoughts on “Beard Science ~ Review

  1. I’m so happy you enjoyed Cletus & Jen’s story — aside from the pesky home school thing! This was one of my favorites in the series. I’m so glad Cletus & Jen are getting a spin-off series of their own.


  2. Great review! I’ve only read the first book in this series but I remember really enjoying Cleetus’ character when he was introduced. I started the second book but didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book, so I stopped… But I’m tempted to pick it up again now!


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